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8. Keeping In Touch Back Home While Studying Acting In NYC
Using Calling Cards or VOIP to keep in touch back home are musts! Dont do like I did on my very first trip to New York. I had a tri band telephone with a vodafon account in Italy. I knew that it would be more expensive to make calls with that phone and service while in the US, because you have to pay vodafon and the local provider as well, so its expensive! I used it to call my son back in Italy every day or receive his calls and I used it to make local calls even if I was conscious of my spending and tried to keep costs down by spending little time on the phone. After almost three months, I had spent about 1.000!
Today Im much smarter. There are a couple things you can do to keep in touch for just pennies a day and talk as long as you want on the phone.
Perhaps the most economical way is e-mail, but that might not be good enough. If not the next best thing and by far the cheapest is to get a skype or msn messenger account. I personally have skype. Just go to skype.com and download the software. Its really easy! All you need is a microphone and a headset and if your computer already has a built in mike and speakers then youre all set, even if the quality will be better if you have the mic and the headset. At any rate, you call directly from your computer!
If you call from your computer to a land-line, home or office-based telephone just about anywhere in the world, it will cost you 0,017 per minute.
If you call from your computer to a cellular phone just about anywhere in the world except the US, it will cost you 0,25 per minute.
And heres the best thing of all. If you call from your computer using skype to another person anywhere in the world who also receives your call using their skype account, you pay nothing!
I kept in touch with my son for most of the time I was in NY and it cost me very, very little.
You can get calling cards at just about any newsstand. There are so many, but you have to be careful to get the right ones. The way they work is that on the card itself, they give you a number, either a local or toll free number to call to access the service. After getting connected, you will be asked to insert the calling card number. After that you will be asked to dial the number of the person you are trying to reach.
Heres the trick. With some calling cards, even if you dont get through, they still charge you for the call. The one I usually get is New York Alliance Card. They dont do that. They charge you only for a call where you actually get connected. New York Alliance Cards are available in $5, $10, $20 and to give you an idea of how much time you get to talk, for a $5 card, you get about 300 minutes, which is 5 hours of conversation IF, you call a fixed, home- or office-based number. If on the other hand you call a cellular phone back home, that same $5 card will get you about 20 minutes of conversation! So whats the moral of the story? Dont call cellular phones if you can help it! Use calling cards!
Still another way for you to stay in touch back home is to get your folks to either get a skype or msn messenger account or get calling cards. The one I use while back in Italy is the Sisal Europe and USA card that comes out of the same machine that the super enal lotto cards come out of. All countries have these kinds of cards by now, so just inform yourself. The other good thing is that while you, while in the USA you get penalized if you use a calling card when calling a cellular phone back home, your folks back home who call you on your cellular phone with a US provider while youre in NY do not get penalized. They pay the same rate whether they call a fixed phone number or a cellular one. At least from Italy it is this way. The bottom line is that while you are taking acting classes in the USA, you dont have to spend an arm and a leg to keep in touch back home.
Getting a cellular phone and service while in the USA: First of all, if you have a tri-band telephone, you can use it in the US. Youll just want to change your provider as we just discussed to avoid paying too much for both local and long-distance calls. Just make sure that it is compatible with the service the provider gives you. Let me explain.
I have a tri band phone that is a Samsung, but I also brought with me my old Nokia, old faithful. I noticed that while I could receive calls with my Samsung, whenever I tried to call someone, 75% of the time the line was busy. I thought to myself that the line cant be busy that often. What I found out was that my Samsung phone was not compatible with Cingular frequencies and thats why it didnt work so well. I pulled old faithful back out again and used the Nokia Phone.
Just like in Europe, there are the usual battles between providers. They all have their promotions and in the end it is difficult to say which one is better or worse.
The provider I use is Cingular. I pay $49 per month and that comes with about 200 minutes and nights (after 21.00 and before 06.00) and weekends are absolutely free for calls made to anywhere in the USA. Theres another thing to keep in mind. Not only do you pay for calls you make, you also pay for the time you talk when you receive calls. So be careful to keep that in mind.
If you dont happen to have a phone, they will give you one sometimes for a small rental fee or you can buy one dirt cheap.
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